Visions of Cell Biology : Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's General Cytology (Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological Laboratory)


Visions of Cell Biology : Reflections Inspired by Cowdry's General Cytology (Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological Laboratory)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 368 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780226520483
  • DDC分類 571.6

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Although modern cell biology is often considered to have arisen following World War II in tandem with certain technological and methodological advances in particular, the electron microscope and cell fractionation its origins actually date to the 1830s and the development of cytology, the scientific study of cells. By 1924, with the publication of Edmund Vincent Cowdry's General Cytology, the discipline had stretched beyond the bounds of purely microscopic observation to include the chemical, physical, and genetic analysis of cells. Inspired by Cowdry's classic, watershed work, this book collects contributions from cell biologists, historians, and philosophers of science to explore the history and current status of cell biology. Despite extraordinary advances in describing both the structure and function of cells, cell biology tends to be overshadowed by molecular biology, a field that developed contemporaneously. This book remedies that unjust disparity through an investigation of cell biology's evolution and its role in pushing forward the boundaries of biological understanding.Contributors show that modern concepts of cell organization, mechanistic explanations, epigenetics, molecular thinking, and even computational approaches all can be placed on the continuum of cell studies from cytology to cell biology and beyond. The first book in the series Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Visions of Cell Biology sheds new light on a century of cellular discovery.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction                                 1  (14)
Karl S. Matlin
Jane Maienschein
Manfred D. Laubichler
2 Changing Ideas about Cells as Complex 15 (31)
Jane Maienschein
3 In Search of Cell Architecture: General 46 (27)
Cytology and Early Twentieth-Century
Conceptions of Cell Organization
Andrew Reynolds
4 Methodological Reflections in General 73 (27)
Cytology in Historical Perspective
Jutta Schickore
5 Cellular Pathogenesis: Virus Inclusions 100(15)
and Histochemistry
William C. Summers
6 The Age of a Cell: Cell Aging in Cowdry's 115(19)
Problems of Ageing and Beyond
Lijing Jiang
7 Visualizing the Cell: Pictorial Styles 134(22)
and Their Epistemic Goals in General
Beatrice Steinert
Kate MacCord
8 Thomas Hunt Morgan and the Role of 156(27)
Chromosomes in Heredity
Garland E. Allen
9 Epigenetics and Beyond 183(26)
Jan Sapp
10 Heads and Tails: Molecular Imagination 209(37)
and the Lipid Bilayer, 1917--1941
Daniel Liu
11 Pictures and Parts: Representation of 246(34)
Form and the Epistemic Strategy of Cell
Karl S. Matlin
12 Observing the Living Cell: Shinya Inoue 280(21)
and the Reemergence of Light Microscopy
Rudolf Oldenbourg
13 Enriching the Strategies for Creating 301(25)
Mechanistic Explanations in Biology
William Bechtel
14 Updating Cowdry's Theories: The Role of 326(25)
Models in Contemporary Experimental and
Computational Cell Biology
Fridolin Gross
Acknowledgments 351(2)
List of Contributors 353(2)
Index 355